In Moses Lake, the afterglow of the town's first state baseball championship in 38 years is still shining bright and riding its feel-good momentum.
So much so, it paid a visit to Yakima on Saturday.
Dominic Signorelli, one of heroes from the Chiefs' Class 4A title run last month, came to the All-State Baseball Series this weekend with a full entourage — his dad Greco and older brother Dylan on the coaching staff for Team Adams and teammate Evan McLean alongside.
More time to shine.
Signorelli's first at-bat produced a line-drive RBI double into the right-center gap. Next time up he lashed a triple to the base of the wall at Parker Faller Field and later scored his second run to launch Team Adams on its way to a 10-9 victory over Team Baker in the first game of the all-star doubleheader.
"This was my first time here, and it was great to have so many of us together," said Signorelli, who also played a sharp and smooth third base. "The last few weeks have been so much fun for us. Everybody you run into says how awesome it was and how happy they are for us. Honestly, winning state was a goal, for sure, but to actually do it — it's amazing."
While Ellensburg is a year removed from its back-to-back 2A state titles, Tyler Polacek and Jadon Bugni know all about that championship afterglow and it lives on as strong as ever for them. They took the field in Saturday's second game and helped Team Rainier beat Team St. Helens 7-5 to earn a spot in Sunday's title game.
Polacek was especially busy, starting and playing most of the game in left field, pitching a quick 1-2-3 fifth inning and contributing an RBI single in the seventh inning.
"For us, this is a once in a lifetime thing," said Polacek, who was the winning pitcher in the 2A championship two years ago and won last year's state semifinal. "To play with all these great seniors, there's only one opportunity to do that. We definitely wanted to be a part of this."
Team Rainier got a base hit from 10 different players, turned double plays in the sixth and seventh innings and saw its lead pushed to 7-2 with Grant Heiser's solo home run in the top of the eighth and final inning.
Even so, the outcome came into question in the bottom of the eighth when St. Helens lashed three doubles over four at-bats and managed to get the tying run to the plate.
"It was an exciting, well-played game, just what you'd expect," Polacek said. "The coaches said I'd be the first reliever and I was mentally prepared for it. I felt great and wished I could've had a second inning. Maybe tomorrow."
That rally fell short, but Team Baker's didn't.
But then it did.
Down 9-5 heading into the final frame, Baker brought nine batters to the plate and scored four runs, capped by Kyle Green's two-out RBI single to knot the score at 9-9.
But after all that work, Adams rebounded by scratching across a run in the bottom of the eighth as Grant Sherrod provided the walk-off RBI single.
Two locals played a role in the exciting final inning for Adams. Selah's Dylan Bishop was called on to put out a big fire when Baker drew four consecutive walks to start its rally. While more runs did score, he closed out what could've been much worse and eventually earned the win.
Zillah's Brian Calhoun, who started the game at first base, drew a walk that led to the winning run.
For his big day at the plate and in the field, Signorelli received Team Adams' player of the game bat, which all his teammates signed.
"It was kind of nice coming out hitting the ball like that," said the Boise State signee. "We've got a lot of great players on this team and we're going to have a lot of fun tomorrow."
Davis' Henry Gargus started at first base for Team Baker, drove a single to right field in the third and accepted his WSBCA player of the year award after the fourth inning. Then he dashed off to get ready for Saturday's Yakima Valley Pippins game.
On Sunday, Team Baker and Team St. Helens will play in the first game at 10:45 a.m. followed by Adams vs. Rainier for the All-State title at 1:45 p.m.
Adams 10, Baker 9
Archibald, Bratton (3), Coluccio (6), Casperson (8), Bishop (8) and Ulrich, Casperson (3), Wilson 5); Kentner, Flesland (5) and Jenkins, Schoenstadt (5).
Highlights — Baker: Theron Perkins (Lake Stevens) 2-2, HR, 3 runs, 3 RBI; Derek Trobough (Archbishop Murphy) 2-5, RBI, 2 SB; Art Schoenstadt (Eastside Catholic) 2 RBI; Jack Sheward (Arlington) 2 runs; Devin Fry (Asotin) 2 runs. Adams: Dominic Signorelli (Moses Lake) 2-4, 2b, 3b, RBI, 2 runs; Hunter Jenkins (Tahoma) 2 runs; Cole Miller (Mercer Island) run, RBI; Dalton Kentner (Almira-Coulee-Hartline) 4 IP, 1 ER, 3 K, 2 BB.
Rainier 7, St. Helens 5
Richardson, Polacek (5), Johnson (6), McMartin (7) and Bugni, Takayoshi (5); Weeldreyer, Larson (4), Furman (7) and Tutton.
Highlights - Rainier: Grant Heiser (Camas) 2-3, HR, 2 runs; Torin Montgomery (Lake Washington) 1-3, run, RBI; Isaac Richardson (North Kitsap) 4 IP, 1 ER, 3 K, 1 BB. St. Helens: Cole Hinkelman (Skyline) 3-3, 2b, 3 RBI; Cole Smith (Curtis) 1-2, 2b, run, RBI; Isaiah Parker (Mountain View) 1-3, 2b, run; Nathan Weeldreyer (Auburn Mountainview) 3 IP, 1 ER, 5 K, 2 BB, 1-1, run.